NHS News

June 14, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

NHS 2013

  

·        How do you find and use health information?

·        Developing Integrated Health and Social Care across Manchester

·        Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA):  Call for Information

·        Patient and Carer Diaries

·        Finding the right GP Practice for you and your Family

·        Manchester CCGs and MacMillan Cancer Support

·        Patient and Public Involvement

·        Patient Services, NHS England, Freedom of Information and Independent Complaints Advocacy Contact Details

 ·        Being Active for Better Mental Health

·        Patient User Partnership (PUP) Cancer Services (Wythenshawe Hospital)

·        “It’s a Wonderful Life”… Let us Help you Get it Back!

·        Festival of Public Health UK

·        RCN Bulletins Jobs Fair

·        The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT)

·        Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre Research Report

·        Whit School Holiday Activities

How do you find and use health information?

The NHS produces lots of health information, from leaflets and letters to websites and videos, and we’re not alone. There are hundreds of websites, magazines, blogs and TV programmes about health and healthcare that offer seemingly endless information. For some people, this can mean a wealth of useful – and not so useful – sources of information, whilst for others it can be confusing or even frightening.

 

We want to produce the best health and healthcare information possible and we want to make sure that what we produce is useful, clear and easy to find when you need it. Something that’s not always easy to do in a city as diverse as Manchester. That’s why North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group has teamed up with Deakin University in Melbourne who are world experts in how people find, understand and use health information. The project will look at how people use this kind of information to help them stay healthy and independent or to manage an illness or longer term condition. We want to find out what works well for different people so we can make sure that each person is given exactly the right kind of information and support when they need it.

 

You can help us to do this by taking our quick online survey. It should only take about five minutes and it will help us to improve the information and support that we offer to you and people like you.

 

Click here to take our five minute survey.

 

Developing Integrated Health & Social Care across Manchester

For the past few months, colleagues from across health and social care have been working together on a new approach, to care and support people who live with chronic health conditions. This collaboration work is referred to as integration.  Integrated care will probably not affect most people, as the teams only deal with small numbers of people in each GP practice where they’ve been set up. Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups believe that increasing partnership working between health and social care professionals in this way will mean a better experience for patients.

 

North Manchester CCG has developed Integrated Neighbourhood Care teams. These are teams of local workers – social workers, district nurses, doctors, active case managers and others who work with GP practices. So far, integrated neighbourhood care teams have been set up around GP practices in the Cheetham and Crumpsall areas. From July, we plan to extend this approach to the Ancoats, Clayton, Beswick and Openshaw areas of north Manchester. The idea is to find people early so that services can organise the best package of support to prevent them from becoming ill and going into hospital. A specially developed system helps the team to find the patients who are most at risk of going into hospital. The team then look at what each local service, including other services outside the core team, could do to help the person stay healthy, independent and out of hospital. This support could be anything from arranging carers or adaptations to their home to setting up nursing care or even sending text messages to remind them to take their medications. Each patient cared for by these integrated teams will be allocated a key worker who is responsible for managing their support and who will be their main contact while they’re looked after. The key worker will build a package of support around each patient after meeting with them to agree what the person most wants to achieve in terms of increased independence, self-management, etc.

 

Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and partners are engaging with patients who are under the care of their new Practice Integrated Care Teams. These teams provide care to those people most at risk of hospitalisation, enabling them to stay in their home and receive care there instead. This is a new way of providing care and the views of patients and carers is one of the key ways of assessing whether the teams are working well. Patient diaries and structured telephone interviews are being used  to gather this information which will help inform the furtherdevelopment of integrated care in Manchester in the months ahead. If you would like an information leaflet, please email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

The four key partners for the integration work in South Manchester are: South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester City Council and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. They are working together to develop integrated ‘neighbourhood’ teams initially in two locality patches, Wythenshawe and Withington and Fallowfield. The joint aim is to improve the health and well-being of patients and their carers, improving professional experience and knowledge, and delivering sustainable care to patients within a challenging financial climate.

 

In January a launch event was held at the Forum, Wythenshawe. A range of stakeholders attended including staff from all disciplines, Community Nursing, General Practice, Social care, Mental Health, local councillors, patient representatives and Third Sector voluntary organisations. All participants submitted individual pledges at the end of the session detailing their personal commitment to shaping and delivering this agenda.

 

During April and May, colleagues from the core Neighbourhood Team have been visiting the thirteen practices in the two pilot patches to run ‘mock’ multi-disciplinary team sessions and test the team process model. These sessions have also provided an opportunity for practices to meet the Neighbourhood Teams, to comment on how they envisage the teams will operate and to ask any questions ahead of go-live.  A Neighbourhood Team information leaflet is available by emailing talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

Self-help and support groups in North Manchester

In a recent survey, one of the things that North Manchester patients told us was that they wanted more access to self-help and support groups. Local support groups provide an important opportunity for people to meet others who are going through the same things – they might be for people undergoing cancer treatment, those who have had a heart attack or stroke or patients who are newly diagnosed with a long-term condition like diabetes, COPD or chronic kidney disease.

 

We really want to know more about what groups exist in North Manchester, where they meet and how patients can be introduced. We want to do this so that we can share this information with doctors, nurses and other professionals in North Manchester so that they can help put patients in touch with the groups that can help them.

 

If you run, attend or support a local self-help or support group in North Manchester, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us what the group is, who it’s for, and how people who might want to join can get in touch. Contact j.palfreyman@nhs.net if you want to provide details or would like to know more.

 

Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA): Call for information

In preparation for the next update of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board would like your help to understand what effect different issues have on the communities and people of Manchester. We are inviting local people, groups and organisations to send in any information they have about how the needs of people are being – or not being – met by existing services.

 

David Regan, Director of Public Health in Manchester said, “For the first half of this year, the Health and Wellbeing Board has decided to consider six topics in detail: long term conditions; alcohol/liver disease; early detection and prevention of cancer; early help for children and young people; dementia and tuberculosis (TB). We will be looking at other topics later on in 2013.”

 

If you would like to provide us with some information for consideration as part of the JSNA, you can do so using the simple form attached to this e-bulletin. However, we are also happy to accept other types of evidence, such as written submissions, existing reports and statistics, survey responses or individual testimonies etc. if you would prefer to respond in that way.

 

Please send us your evidence by e-mail to JSNA@manchester.gov.uk or by post to Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council, P.O. Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA by Friday 7th June2013.

 

If you need advice on what to submit, or would like more details on the JSNA process in Manchester, please contact Neil Bendel at n.bendel@manchester.gov.uk or by telephone on (0161) 234 4089.

 

Please pass this request on to anyone else in your network who you think might have information or data to contribute to the JSNA.

 

Patient and Carer Diaries

Are you living with/or caring for someone with a long-term health condition in Manchester? Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups are looking for patients and /or their carers to keep a diary and share their experiences of using local NHS services. We are looking for people who live with long-term health conditions, for example, diabetes, epilepsy or asthma. Also you may live with mental health problems or have recently had a stroke and want to share your views of NHS services. The patient / carer diaries give you the opportunity to share with us your experiences of using NHS services across Manchester and if you are supported by a carer they can also share their experiences in the diaries. You must be living in and be registered with a GP in Manchester to complete a diary. The diaries need to be kept for a minimum of 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks the diaries will be returned via a freepost envelope. All of the information in the diaries will be anonymised and used to influence developments/changes in local services. The diaries can be returned to the patient and carer if requested. You can look at a copy of a diary here and if you are interested in being involved, please email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk or call 0161 765 4168 for further information.

Congratulations if you have just discovered you are pregnant.We are also looking for women who may have have just found out they are pregnant to keep a diary of their pregnancy and their journey through NHS services. If you are interested in being involved, please email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk or call 0161 765 4168 for further information. You must be living in and be registered with a GP in Manchester. Approximately at the end of 9 months, the diaries would be returned via a freepost envelope. All of the information in the diaries will be anonymised and used to influence developments/changes in local maternity services. The diaries can be returned to the women if requested.

Finding the right GP practice for you and your family

Every now and then, people find that they need to register with a new GP practice. Whether it’s because they’ve just moved house, changed job or aren’t yet registered, it’s always useful to know where to look for information.

 

Most people will have a choice of GP practices nearby. You don’t have to register with the one nearest to you, but you should choose one that is easy for you to get to. Each GP practice works within specific local areas called ‘practice boundaries’. Practices can still register patients who live outside this area at their discretion, but they have to register patients who live within their boundary if their list is open. The practice should be able to show you theirs. Many patients also consider the following when choosing a GP service:

o  Opening hours

o  Choice of male or female GPs

o  Close to home or work

o  Friendly staff

o  Particular services or clinics

o  Availability of other services

o  Can you see a GP on the same day?

 

Much of this information should be easy to find out by phoning or visiting the practice, but there are some online resources that can provide useful information on your local GP practices. This means you can find out more about surgery times, the services they offer and how they compare.

 

NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk – provides lots of information about local NHS services including GP practices. To search for GPs in your area just type your postcode or area into their GP search page – http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/LocationSearch/4. NHS Choices will provide summaries of all the GP practices in your area including performance information, survey results and patient reviews. You can click on each summary to go through to the practice page where you’ll find lots more information about doctors, nurses and other staff, opening hours, clinic times and additional services to help you find the one most suited to your needs.

 

The NHS in Manchester website – http://www.manchester.nhs.uk – also has information about local services, including information about GP services in Manchester here: http://www.manchester.nhs.uk/getinformed/gpinformation/ and a helpful leaflet on registering with a GP in Manchester here: http://www.manchester.nhs.uk/document_uploads/gp_information/Choose_Well_GP_Registration_Lft.pdf

 

Finally, for all enquiries and complaints about primary care services  (GPs, Dentists and Opticians) contact NHS England:

o  Phone: 0300 3112233

o  Email:    nhscommissioningboard@hscic.gov.uk

o  Post:      NHS Commissioning Board, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT

 

Manchester CCGs and MacMillan Cancer Support

Plans are now underway for the three Manchester CCGs to work with MacMillan Cancer Support to improve the way that cancer services are delivered in the city. We are really keen to speak to people who have experience of cancer, or anyone who has cared for someone with cancer, to help us get this important programme of work right for the large numbers of people in Manchester who are affected. For more information about any of this work, please contact Sandra on 0161 765 4177 or email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk

 

Patient and Public Involvement

Do you attend a patient / carer support group in Manchester? If you are interested in a member of the Communications and Engagement Team coming along to speak about patient and public involvement in Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups at one of your meetings or hold an information stall at a local event, please email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk with details and information.

 

Patient Services, NHS England, Freedom of Information and Independent Complaints Advocacy Contact Details

For all patient enquiries, complaints and MP letters about Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group services please contact:

Patient Services, Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit (GMCSU)

Phone: 0161 212 6270

Email:    patientservices.gmcsu@nhs.net

Post:      St James’s House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW

 

For Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups services contact:

Email:    foi.gmcsu@nhs.net

Post:      St James’s House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW

 

For all enquiries and complaints about primary care services  (GPs, Dentists, Opticians and Pharmacies) contact:

NHS England

Phone: 0300 3112233

Email:    nhscommissioningboard@hscic.gov.uk

Post:      NHS Commissioning Board, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT

 

For independent complaints advocacy support  for patients and carers contact:

Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) 

Phone: 0808 8010390

Email:    boltonica@carersfederation.co.uk

Post:      5th Floor, Arthur House, Chorlton Street, Manchester, M1 3FH

 

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Being Active for Better Mental Health

Duration: 1 day course (9.30-16.30)

Dates: 25th June 2013                       

26th Nov 2013

Course Aims:

-            To show evidence of the benefits of physical activity for mental health and general well being

-            To practise using behaviour change models and techniques, with individuals and groups, to help    motivate clients to be more physically active

-            To increase the confidence of the course participants, in helping others to become more physically active

 Target Audience:

Frontline workers and volunteers in health, social care or community settings, working with individuals or groups

Trainers: Serena Kent & Shamin Malik

Venue: Training Room, Public Health Development Service, Victoria Mill

Booking a Place on Training: Contact Peter Stretton, Training Administrator on 0161 248 1757 or email: peter.stretton@mhsc.nhs.uk

 

You will need to complete an application form which you can find on http://www.mphds.org/mphds/training/training.html

 

The form needs to be returned to Peter Stretton on Fax: 0161 248 1751 or

Manchester Public Health Development Service, 1st Floor Fallowfield Library, Platt Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7FB

 

Patient user partnership (PUP) cancer services (Wythenshawe Hospital)

PUP are a small group which brings together patients, relatives, carers and professionals (known collectively as ‘users’) to discuss issues which affect people with cancer. The PUP group puts forward ideas and offers views and experiences to influence and improve the development of cancer services at Wythenshawe and Withington Community Hospital, making things better for patients who have already developed cancer as well as those who are at risk from getting cancer.

·        Have you had cancer or looked after someone with cancer?

·        Do you want to have a say in how patients with cancer at our hospitals are looked after?

·        Are there things that we could do better? Do you want to help make things better for people with cancer?

·        Do you work with patients and carers who will be interested in getting involved in this group?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions please drop into the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, ground Floor acute block- opposite the café- or contact the centre on 0161 291 4875/4876

 

“it’s a wonderful life”…Let us help you get it back!!

ARE YOU UNDERGOING TREATMENT or COMPLETED CANCER TREATMENT AND ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO GET BACK TO NORMAL OR A ‘NEW NORMAL’?

Then you need to join us on the H.O.P.E.(help overcome problems effectively) course at the Macmillan cancer information and support centre, Wythenshawe Hospital.These 6 week  courses will help to rediscover your strengths,make the most of the good things in your life and manage the day-to day impact of your condition.

 

We run the HOPE course 3 times a year- usually January/February or May/June and September/October-For all patients with any cancer diagnosis.Contact or call in the centre for more information and to book a place- tel: 0161 291 4876.

 

Festival of Public Health UK

The University of Manchester is pleased to announce the 2nd Festival of Public Health UK will be taking place at the University of Manchester on July 4th. The Festival proved to be a resounding success last year and we have taken into account all of the feedback we received to make further improvements for this year’s event.

 

Full details of the event can be found at www.festivalofpublichealth.co.uk where you can register and submit abstracts. The abstract submission process is open straight away and it will close on 31st May.

 

The guest speakers will be providing plenary lectures and workshops at the festival. These include:

 

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England 1998 – 2010

Professor David Colquhoun, Creator, DC’s Improbable Science, University College London

Professor Ian Jacobs, Dean of Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester

Professor Tony Redmond, Chair, Foreign Medical Teams Working Group, World Health Organisation

Professor Darren Shickle, Head of Academic Unit of Public Health, University of Leeds

Dr Michael Donmall, Director, National Drugs Evidence Centre

Dr Arpana Verma, Director, Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health

 

This year the Festival will start earlier and finish earlier (10 – 5), have improved delegate materials, and we will provide lunch and tea/coffee. There will be a small charge for the Festival to take these changes into account but we have kept these low to keep the festival accessible to as many people as possible, with prices starting at £20 for concessions. The rates will be staggered over time so we advise booking early to make the most of the cheapest rates. Please see the website for more information.

 

Please find the Festival poster attached to this e-mail, and feel free to pass this around to anybody you feel would be interested in attending the event.

 

We look forward to seeing you on July 4th, if you have any further queries please email much@manchester.ac.uk.

 

RCN Bulletins Jobs Fair

The RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair is heading to Manchester on 3-4 July.  The event is aimed at nurses looking to develop their career or find a new job.  It is a free to attend event with a comprehensive seminar programme offering free advice to all nurses.

 

I have attached a pdf which has all the information to include on any newsletters you send out.

If you require any further information, please contact Tina Sutch  tina.sutch@rcnpublishing.co.uk or telephone 020 8872 3117 .

 

The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT)

Ever wanted to know the level of educational attainment, the crime level or population in a specific ward? All the information you need can now be found in one place.

The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT) is an interactive application which allows you to view and interrogate data. IHAT contains a wide range of statistical information relating to Manchester, which can be displayed on a map, data grid and bar chart. Other location-based data can be overlaid on the map to provide context for the data. The hub also offers links to advice on research, evaluation, commissioning and procurement.  

IHAT contains over 100 statistical variables, spanning different themes. Data can be exported for your own analysis. The themes, which include population, income, education and housing, broadly follow the themes identified in the State of the Wards and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment reports, and are available for Manchester wards.

To find out more, or start your research, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/IntelligenceHub.

Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre Research Report

In 2012, NHS North West commissioned the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre to undertake a research project with the ultimate aim of helping transgender people get better access to health services. This report documents the findings of that project, which includes the obstacles the researchers encountered when trying to engage with GP practice staff.  It highlights the low levels of awareness of transgender issues, as well as openly transphobic attitudes. Click here to read the report.

 

Whit School Holiday Activities

There are only five weeks until the beginning of the Whit Holidays, 28th to 31st May, and MHA can provide the perfect holiday solution for children, aged 3 to 14 years, from 10am to 3pm each day for only £5.00 per child.

 

Each week includes sports coaching, crafts, arts, visits out plus lots more. For more information, please click here.

 

Places are limited so book asap.

Food Futures e-bulletin

June 14, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

Food Futures

June 2013
About this e-bulletin 

Welcome to the 26th edition of the Food Futures e-bulletin – a regular update featuring brief articles on local and national news, events, funding opportunities and developments that relate to food.  We hope you find it informative and useful and would welcome any comments or suggestions you may have for the next edition.

Please send all copy to Christine Raiswell on c.raiswell@manchester.gov.uk

In this bulletin:

  • Feeding the 5000
  • Food Poverty update
  • Miles Platting Community Gardens
  • Growing Manchester Evaluation Report
  • Manchester Veg People Crowdfunding campaign
  • Cracking Good Food
  • FareShare Food Collection in tesco stores
  • Growing in Schools
  • Land Army
  • Bread Project proves life changing
  • Food, Weight and more training
  • FeedingManchester Event
  • Soul Food Project in Cheetham Hill
  • Chorlton Good Neighbours Growing Club
  • Urban Farm at Manchester International Festival
  • Southway Housing Trust Grow Your Own Programme
  • Food for Life Partnership
  • Singing for Healthy Hearts
  • New research and publications

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Local News, Events and Training:

5000 People to Receive Free Lunch in Manchester City Centre to Fight Food Waste!

Title of event: Manchester Feeding the 5,000
Date and Time: 12noon – 4pm on Saturday 15th June 2013    
Location: Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester    

This Saturday, 5,000 members of the public will enjoy a hot, nutritious meal made entirely from ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted, such as fresh but cosmetically imperfect vegetables and fruits. Feeding the 5,000 is an international campaign which focuses on informing the public about food waste issues, how to reduce food waste, and demand that businesses do the same. The event has been organised by Manchester Friends of the Earth, FareShare North West, Cracking Good Food and the Feeding the 5,000 team.

Contact details for more information visit: http://www.feeding5k.org or email:manchester@feeding5k.org

Food Poverty Update – directory of emergency food provision

The Food Futures Team, with help from Fareshare, has produced a map and directory of organisations providing emergency food and meals for those in need in Manchester. We will update this list regularly as things change. If your organisation would like to be added to the list please get in touch with Christine Raiswell c.raiswell@manchester.gov.uk or Lindsay Laidlaw l.laidlaw@manchester.gov.uk  in the Food Futures Team or call 0161 234 3540

You can download the directory here http://www.foodfutures.info

Miles Platting Community Gardens – Now Open!

The Miles Platting Community Gardens, funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Scheme, are officially open for use. Throughout 2013/14 a series of free food growing skills workshops, cookery classes, parent & child cookery classes and after-school growing clubs will be running in and around the two new gardens on Holland Street and Chippenham Road. Workshops are open to all. Groups across Manchester are also invited to make use the gardens.

For more information, details of workshops dates / times or to book a visit contact Vicki Greer at Adactus Housing Association on 0800 234 6826 (option 2) or email victoria.greer@adactushousing.co.uk.

Growing Manchester Evaluation Report Published

The University of Manchester has published its evaluation of the Food Futures Growing Manchester Programme. The report was launched at an event held at the friends Meeting House on 22nd May. You can download the report and presentation here:http://www.foodfutures.info

Lets Get the Greater Manchester Food Revolution Moving

Join us in supporting Manchester Veg People’s CrowdFunding Campaign (8 June-20 July)
 
Manchester Veg People is a co-operative of local organic growers and restaurants working together to provide fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality. In our first year we sold fresh local produce with a value of £22,000 despite not having our own vehicle and premises. Imagine what we could do this year and in future years with your help!  
 
In order to purchase our own van and cold store, MVP are launching a CrowdFunding campaign on Saturday 8th June. You can support us by donating anything from £5 to £500 in return for a selection of brilliant rewards.
 
Follow the campaign on Facebook at ManchesterVegPeople, on Twitter @MancVegPeople or on our website at /vegpeople.org.uk

Update from Cracking Good Food

Cooking Programmes with Parents at Barlow Hall Primary School on Merseybank, Chorlton

We’re working in collaboration with Southway Housing again, this time at Barlow Hall Primary School in Chorlton, on the Merseybank Estate. Starting on Thursday 13 June, we’re rolling out 2 x 4-week cooking programmes with parents, focussing on a range of basic cooking skills, healthy tasty meals from scratch, reducing waste & energy consumption, meal planning, budgeting & shopping tips. The first course runs in June & July, with the second course in September & October, starting 19 September. For more details, please contact tracey@crackinggoodfood.org or Sharon Drinkwater at the school on s.drinkwater@barlowhallprimary.co.uk

More courses with GM Probation Trust

We’ve completed our Home Office-funded project rolling out 6-week cooking, nutrition, sustainability and healthy eating courses with high risk ex-offenders, in collaboration with The Manchester College, and we’ve managed to get some further funding to roll out 3 more courses, two in Chorlton and one in Stockport, through the European Social Fund. The first one has just completed and we’re back in September running courses in Chorlton and Stockport concurrently, after which sadly there is no more funding available and the programme will have to come to an end. For more details, contact juliet@crackinggoodfood.org

Other Community Events

We’ve been invited to participate in this year’s Manchester International Festival – we’ll be running cooking workshops on 15 & 16 July at the Biospheric Project in Salford http://www.mif.co.uk/event/the-biospheric-project. For further information please contact adele@crackinggoodfood.org

Our wild food specialist, Jesper Launder, will be running a Herbal Medicine Walk as part of the Urban Naturalist series of events at Manchester Museum on Saturday 29 June from 2-4pm. For further details and to book onto this event, please email museum@manchester.ac.uk or ring 0161 275 2648 and ask to speak to Vicky Grant.

Cookery Schools & Wild Food Forages

We’ve got plenty of events planned at our cookery schools in Chorlton and Altrincham over the next few months, as well as lots of wild food foraging events with our resident wild food specialist Jesper Launder. Please visit our website for further details http://www.crackinggoodfood.org/cookery-school/ and http://www.crackinggoodfood.org/wild-food-foraging/

If you’re hot on social media…please like our Cracking Good Food Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/crackinggoodfood for a regular feed (no pun intended) of our cooking activity. Or follow us on Twitter at @Crackingfood.  All sessions are blogged so check them out on http://crackingcooks.blogspot.co.uk/. We now have a Factsheet for a potted version of what we do and we’ve launched a bi-monthly newsletter. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list please email tracey@crackinggoodfood.org

Help feed people in need

FareShare’s ‘Help Feed People in Need’ Food Collection will take place in selected Tesco stores* nationwide on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July.

We are looking for volunteers to greet customers in Tesco stores and to encourage their shoppers to donate an item of food to FareShare. Volunteers can select from three different shift preferences. The food will then be distributed by FareShare depots to over 900 charities and community projects across the country for people in need. The more volunteers we have in-store the more food we will collect.

 You can sign up individually or as a group by going to:http://www.fareshare.org.uk/getinvolved/help-us-feed-people-in-need/

If you have any questions about the Tesco Food Collection in Manchester contact Elizabeth Lauder  volunteering@emergemanchester.co.uk

*Blackley. Burnage. Cheetham Hill. Didsbury. Droylsden. Gorton. Levenshulme, Manchester Market St. Northenden. Prestwich.

Growing with Schools

27 June 2013

The Greater Manchester Growing with Schools hub is offering a free twilight session on Thursday 27 June at Hulme Community Garden Centre from 3.30pm – 5pm. There will be information about this exciting new project, the services offered to schools and an opportunity to discuss whether the project can support your school. To hone gardening skills there will be some hands-on activities and to provide inspiration, an introduction to keeping chickens in school. The hub is a partnership between Sow the City, MEEN and Hulme Community Garden Centre, and extends across Greater Manchester. To book your place please contact Raichael Lock on 0161 273 8881 or email coordinator@meen.org.uk

Opportunities to join the Land Army in June

Location, date and time:

Thursday 20th June – Glebelands City Growers, Sale from 9.00am to
5.30pm (Cycling from Hulme to Sale!)

Friday 21st and Friday 28th June – Moss Brook Growers, Glazebury from
9.30am to 5.30pm

Event Details:

There are three opportunities coming up to get out into the great outdoors, and join the Land Army this June. We will be travelling to both Moss Brook and Glebelands City Growers over the next few weeks to help out with weeding, hoeing, digging, planting and hopefully some harvesting! So, make the most of these long, warm days and join us for a satisfying days work, helping out Greater Manchester’s organic growers,learning about growing food and meeting like-minded people! Pick up 9.00am from Hulme and back by 5.30pm for both trips to Moss Brook. We will be cycling to Glebelands, along the Bridgewater Canal, on 20th June as part of Bike Month Manchester – get in touch for more information. Lunch, hot drinks, snacks and gloves provided. You will need waterproofs. Please email chloe@kindling.org.uk if you would like to join us on any of these dates.
 
Bread Project proves life-changing for local people

Development Education Project (DEP) is a Manchester based Education Charity. We recently completed our first ten week Bread Project: a short baking course for local unemployed people to develop basic skills, confidence and self esteem. After a roaring success at the weekly sessions, the group are putting their baking enthusiasm to good use, creating a cookbook which we hope to sell in local shops and cafés.  They also ran a stall at the DEP Global Artists Fair, part of Chorlton Arts Festival.

This project has changed my life. I will never buy shop-bought bread again.” – Marie

Having achieved so much with this first group of trainees, DEP want to raise funding and support to train a new group of people. Our ‘baking graduates’ are also on the lookout for training and employment opportunities to help them implement their skills and ambition. We would love to hear from anyone who might be able to provide further related training, support, sponsorship or even baking equipment that would allow us to run the course again.

For information contact claire@dep.org.uk. The original course was funded by WEA/ESF. http://www.dep.org.uk/

Food, Weight and more Level 1

Thursday mornings
1st August – 5th September
10.30am – 12.30am
93 Church Lane, Harpurhey, M9 5BG

Come and learn about the basics of healthy eating through activities and demonstrations, with the option to get an accredited qualification at the end! (need to attend majority of sessions). Priority given to North Manchester residents, to book your place call Rose Boyd on 07971331539 or 0161 234 3722

Feeding Manchester 13

 On July 13, the next Feeding Manchester event will take place at MERCi from 9-5.

The third sector, co-operatives and independent businesses, food activists and social entrepreneurs are leading the way to create a truly sustainable food system for our city and region. By utilising the vast wealth and range of experience and expertise of these pioneers, FeedingManchester #13 will be looking at how we can create a Sustainable Food City.

This day-long event of discussions, workshops and presentations will culminate in a practical report, offering guidance and inspiration, as well as a practical plan of action for Greater Manchester’s Sustainable Food Sector.  

To find out more and register please visit: http://www.feedingmanchester.org.uk/feedingmanchester13

SOUL FOOD PROJECT – Cheetham Hill

The Soul Food Project is based at the Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill. We have developed a vegetable garden in the heart of Cheetham Hill. We are always looking for new volunteers. The group meets every Friday afternoon at 2pm, but you can come to tend the garden at other times. The Welcome Centre provides a free lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. We also provide free food parcels every Friday afternoon (dependent on donations and supplies).

The Welcome Centre is based at Trinity Church (corner of Cheetham Hill Rd and Greenhill Rd) M8 9LG

 For further information, please contact Mark Greenwood 0161 833 0377

Update from Growing Manchester Projects:

Chorlton Good Neighbours

Chorlton Good Neighbours Garden Club
Greenhouse Opening Ceremony
Thursday June 20th at 10:30 a.m
Wilbraham St Ninians Church, Egerton Road South, Chorlton, M21 0XJ

For the last year, members of Chorlton Good Neighbours Gardening Club have been working together to develop a piece of unused land within the grounds of Wilbraham St Ninians Church in Chorlton.  They have transformed the space into a flower and vegetable garden, building raised growing beds and a purpose built, accessible greenhouse. They’ve achieved a lot in the last year and now Chorlton Good Neighbours Garden Club would like to invite you to visit the garden and celebrate the official opening of their brand new greenhouse!  Why not come along on Thursday 20th June at 10.30am – there will be brief talk and a video about the development of the garden and an opportunity to meet and talk to the members, or just enjoy the garden over a bite to eat. Every one is welcome but please telephone in advance so they know to expect you.

The Chorlton Good Neighbours Gardening Club runs every Friday between 10.00am and 12.30pm.  If you would like to take part or just attend one of the sessions, contact Helen Hibberd, Co ordinator on 0161 881 2925 or email helen@chorltongoodneighbours.org  

Urban farm opens for Manchester International Festival

In July 2013, Salford’s The Biospheric Project throws open its doors for Manchester International Festival and invites the wider world to become part of its groundbreaking urban farm experiment.

Glimpse the inner workings of this interconnected system, with indoor and outdoor growing experiments in their early stages, including forest and roof gardens, vermiculture, aquaponics, bee hives, chickens and mushroom systems.

Throughout MIF13, The Biospheric Project will have a free programme of daily events including talks, tours, film screenings and ‘how to’ workshops, as well as a weekend of activities for families.

 To find out more go to: http://www.mif.co.uk/event/the-biospheric-project

  • The Biospheric Project
  • Fri 5 July – Sun 21 July
  • Irwell House, East Philip Street, Salford, M3 7LE
  • Various events including free tours, talks and workshops. Advance booking required.    
  • Book at www.mif.co.uk or on 0844 375 2013
  • More information: info@mif.co.uk

Southway Housing Trust ‘Grow Your Own’ Programme

FREE Training & Events around South Manchester in summer 2013

Over the coming months Southway Housing Trust will be providing extensive opportunities to get our tenants and other local residents involved in food growing and gardening activities in and around neighbourhoods in Chorlton, Burnage, Didsbury, Ladybarn, Old Moat and Withington.

The Growing Communities programme will run from July to October and consist of local events, activities and training programmes. Each programme will involve four short weekly sessions based at local growing & gardening projects, community centres and primary schools (as below) and attendees will be able to learn about:
-       Starting a vegetable garden from scratch
-       Building raised beds
-       Sustainable garden design
-       Soil management and fertility,
-       Seed sowing
-       Bulbs, sowing and planting schedules
-       Pest and disease control.
-       Planting herbs, perennials, bushes and trees
-       ….and more!

Growing & Gardening Projects
-       The Riverbank Market Garden, Hardy Lane, Chorlton Park
-       Withington District Garden Society, Kingslea Rd, Didsbury
-       The Lost Plot & Southern Allotments, Arrowfield Rd, Chorlton Park

Community Centres
-       Darley Ave Children’s Centre, Darley Ave, Chorlton Park
-       The Westcroft Community Centre, Westcroft Rd, Burnage
-       Ladybarn Community Centre, Royle Street, Fallowfield

Primary Schools
-       Barlow Hall Primary School, Darley Ave, Chorlton Park
-       Old Moat Primary School, Old Moat Lane, Withington

For more info contact Southway’s Neighbourhood Growing Officer Josh Steiner at j.steiner@southwayhousing.co.uk

Southway Housing Trust have a small team climbing Ben Nevis in October 2013 – Please check out our charity link to donate to Francis House:  http://www.doitforcharity.com/Southway
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National News

Big Lottery funding supports further development for FFLP

We are absolutely delighted to announce we have been awarded a further two years of funding totalling £3.6 million by the Big Lottery Fund to support the continued development of the Food for Life Partnership.

  • The continued commissioning of our schools programme by local authorities throughout England.
  • The development of FFLP’s successful whole settings approach into settings such as early years, hospitals, workplaces, universities and care homes.
  • A pilot project with Age UK in Bath & North East Somerset which will look at how the skills of older people can be used to support cooking and growing education in schools to the benefit of both age groups.

 The Food for Life Partnership will continue to be led by the Soil Association alongside existing partners Garden Organic, Focus on Food and the Health Education Trust. We are also delighted to be welcoming the Royal Society for Public Health as a new partner, adding strength to our health expertise.

For more information,  please visit our websitewww.foodforlife.org.ukand follow us on twitter @fflpartnership

Singing for Healthy Hearts: British Heart Foundation launch gospel choir to help people improve their heart health

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is launching its first gospel choir in London in a bid to help people from African Caribbean communities reduce their risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

African Caribbean men and women are twice as likely to have a stroke as people of European origin. However, according to figures from the BHF, around one in four African Caribbean adults in the UK don’t realise their ethnicity increases the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes – major risk factors for stroke and coronary heart disease (CHD).

The choir, which performed for the first time at the Jamaican Commission on May 29th, will use its performances to help communities understand that simple lifestyle changes that can reduce their risk of heart disease, such as being more active and having a better diet.It will also fundraise to support the BHF’s valuable research into fighting heart disease.

The choir has been set up in partnership with RAFFA  – a charity with expertise in working with African Caribbean communities to tackle health issues.

The BHF also has a free booklet called *Health Living Healthy Heart* designed specifically for African Caribbean communities. It can be ordered or downloaded at the BHF’s website – bhf.org.uk/africancaribbean

For more information: admin@raffa.org.uk
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Research and publications

Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security

Edible insects: future prospective for food and feed security” was launched on May 13th during the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. This publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It shows the many traditional and potential new uses of insects for direct human consumption and the opportunities for and constraints to farming them for food and feed. It examines the body of research on issues such as insect nutrition and food safety, the use of insects as animal feed, and the processing and preservation of insects and their products.
 
The rearing of insects can be carried out in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. Insect consumption is a part of the diets of over 2 billion people worldwide!
 
You are welcome to download the book here: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e00.htm
 
Models and Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario and Beyond

A new report by Ontario researchers documents how farmers’ markets, co-ops and other sustainable food systems strengthen the economic, environmental and social health of local communities.

You can download the report here

http://www.uoguelph.ca/omafra_partnership/ktt/en/agrifoodrurallink/resources/MBPFullReportFINAL.pdf

Food Printing Oxford – how to feed a City
Low Carbon Oxford is a pioneering city-wide programme of collaboration between private, public and non-profit organisations with the aim of ensuring Oxford’s future as a sustainable and low carbon city. It has recently published a report that explores in detail what Oxford eats and where it comes from, how much land, water and energy is required in its production, and what greenhouse gas emissions are involved. The numbers are fascinating, but perhaps more importantly the project explores what might be done to reduce its food footprint. You can read the report here

http://www.oxford.gov.uk/Library/Documents/Environmental%20Development/Food%20Printing%20Oxford%20Report%202013.pdf

New publications from Food Matters
Building Local Food Systems: a Handbook

Following the release of our online Building Local Food Systems handbook, we now have printed copies available. Easier to browse through, the handbook covers all the current food issues, practical actions, as well as resources to help you get involved in making your food system more sustainable.
 
The Building Local Food Systems Handbook has been produced to inspire, encourage, and enthuse you to explore, discover and act. The idea of the Handbook is to unpick some the key global food issues: climate change, GMO, peak oil, meat consumption and present some of the very practical actions that are happening around the country to mitigate these problems at a very local level and how you can get involved – as an individual, as a community or perhaps as part of a wider national campaign.

The Building Local Food Systems Handbook has been produced to inspire, encourage, and enthuse you to explore, discover and act. The idea of the Handbook is to unpick some the key global food issues: climate change, GMO, peak oil, meat consumption and present some of the very practical actions that are happening around the country to mitigate these problems at a very local level and how you can get involved – as an individual, as a community or perhaps as part of a wider national campaign.

The Handbook has been thoroughly researched, written and designed by Food Matters with support from the Local Food Fund.

You can order the handbook directly on our website for £10 and preview a few pages at this address http://foodmatters.org/projects/building-local-food-systems/
A5, 80 pages, laminated and wirebound.

Fab! Toolkit: Action on Food and Wellbeing

The second publication is our fab! Action on food and wellbeing toolkit. This toolkit was originally written to accompany the Food Matters’ fab! training, it is given to participants who have attended training as an aide-memoire and a reference guide for delivering the six week fab! programme.

It has now been updated and can be used as a stand-alone toolkit without the need to have undertaken the training although the fab training will benefit anyone working on food and mental health with vulnerable client groups . This toolkit details why integrating food and wellbeing into rehabilitation programmes is essential to long term success. The toolkit outlines what is needed to run a successful fab! programme with weekly session plans, course materials, handouts and facilitators’ notes, and additional information and a CD of resources. This toolkit is intended to be used sequentially; however the weekly topics stand-alone and can be delivered as one off sessions if that is more appropriate for the groups you are working with.
 
The fab! toolkit now available to buy. It has been printed on strong durable paper and is presented in a ring binder for easy use.

You can order the Fab! Toolkit directly on our website for £40 and preview a few pages by following this link:http://foodmatters.org/projects/fab/
A4, 155 pages, printed on 160gsm paper and bound with four ring binder.

Scientific Papers Summary

And finally…a selection of recent scientific papers on food and nutrition related topics

Calcium and vitamin D intakes in children: a randomized controlled trial
Abstract
Background: Calcium (Ca2+) and vitamin D (VitD) play an important role in child health. We evaluated the daily intake of Ca2+ and VitD in healthy children. Moreover, we demonstrate the efficacy of Ca2+ and VitD supplementation.
Methods: Daily Ca2 + and VitD intake was evaluated in consecutive healthy children through a validated questionnaire. Subjects with <70% of dietary reference intakes (DRIs) of Ca2+ and VitD were invited to participate in a prospective randomized trial with 2 groups of nutritional intervention: Group 1, dietary counselling aiming to optimize daily Ca2+ and VitD intake plus administration of a commercially available Ca2 + and VitD supplementation product; Group 2, dietary counselling alone. At the enrolment (T0) and after 4 months (T1) serum 25(OH) Vitamin D levels were assessed.
Results: We evaluated 150 healthy children (male 50%, mean age 10 years); at baseline a low VitD intake was observed in all subjects (median 0.79 µg/die, IQR 1.78; range 0.01-5.02); this condition was associated with Ca2+ intake <70% of the DRIs in 82 subjects (55%). At baseline serum 25(OH)D levels were low (<30 ng/ml) in all study subjects and after 4 months of nutritional intervention, a normalization of serum 25(OH)D levels (=30 ng/ml) was observed in all children in Group 1 and in only one subject in Group 2 [Group 1: T1 33.8 ng/ml (IQR 2.5) vs Group 2: T1 24.5 ng/ml (IQR 5.2), p <0.001].
Conclusions: Adequate Ca2+ and VitD intakes are difficult to obtain through dietary counselling alone in pediatric subjects. Oral supplementation with Ca2+ and VitD is a reliable strategy to prevent this condition.
Cosenza et al. BMC Pediatrics 2013, 13:86

Diabetes in the workplace – diabetic’s perceptions and experiences of managing their disease at work: a qualitative study

Abstract
Background:  Diabetes represents one of the biggest public health challenges facing the UK. It is also associated with increasing costs to the economy due to working days lost as people with diabetes have a sickness absence rate 2–3 times greater than the general population. Workplaces have the potential to support or hinder self-management of diabetes but little research has been undertaken to examine the relationship between work and diabetes in the UK. This paper seeks to go some way to addressing this gap by exploring the perceptions and experiences of employees with diabetes.
Methods: Forty three people with diabetes were purposively recruited to ascertain ways in which they managed their disease in the workplace. Semi-structured, interviews were undertaken, tape recorded and transcribed. Analysis was conducted using a constant comparative approach.
Results: Although respondents had informed managers of their diabetic status they felt that their managers had little concept of the effects of the work environment on their ability to manage their disease. They did not expect support from their managers and were concerned about being stigmatised or treated inappropriately. Work requirements took priority. They had to adapt their disease management to fit their job and reported running their blood glucose levels at higher than optimal levels, thereby putting themselves at higher risk of long term complications.
Conclusions: Little research has examined the way in which employees with diabetes manage their disease in the workplace. This research shows there is a need to increase the awareness of managers of the short and long term economic benefit of supporting employees with diabetes to manage their disease effectively whist at work. Employees may need individually assessed and tailored support on the job in order to manage their disease effectively.
Ruston et al. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:386

Acculturation and obesity among migrant populations in high income countries – a  systematic review

Abstract
Background: There is evidence to suggest that immigrant populations from low or medium-income countries to high income countries show a significant change in obesogenic behaviours in the host society, and that these changes are associated with acculturation. However, the results of studies vary depending on how acculturation is measured. The objective of this study is to systematically review the evidence on the relationship between acculturation – as measured with a standardized acculturation scale – and overweight/obesity among adult migrants from low/middle countries to high income countries.
Methods: A systematic review of relevant studies was undertaken using six EBSCOhost databases and following the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination’s Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in Health Care. Results: The initial search identified 1135 potentially relevant publications, of which only nine studies met the selection criteria. All of the studies were from the US with migrant populations from eight different countries. Six studies employed bi-directional acculturation scales and three used uni-directional scales. Six studies indicated positive general associations between higher acculturation and body mass index (BMI), and three studies reported that higher acculturation was associated with lower BMI, as mainly among women.
Conclusion: Despite the small number of studies, a number of potential explanatory hypotheses were developed for these emerging patterns. The ‘Healthy Migrant Effect’ may diminish with greater acculturation as the host culture potentially promotes more unhealthy weight gain than heritage cultures. This appears particularly so for men and a rapid form of nutrition transition represents a likely contributor. The inconsistent results observed for women may be due to the interplay of cultural influences on body image, food choices and physical activity. That is, the Western ideal of a slim female body and higher values placed on physical activity and fitness may counteract the obesogenic food environment for female migrants.
Delavari et al. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:458

Significant others, situations and infant feeding behaviour change processes: a serial qualitative interview study

Abstract
Background: Exclusive breastfeeding until six months followed by the introduction of solids and continued breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organisation. The dominant approach to achieving this has been to educate and support women to start and continue breastfeeding rather than understanding behaviour change processes from a broader perspective.
Method: Serial qualitative interviews examined the influences of significant others on women’s feeding behaviour. Thirty-six women and 37 nominated significant others participated in 220 interviews, conducted approximately four weekly from late pregnancy to six months after birth. Responses to summative structured questions at the end of each interview asking about significant influences on feeding decisions were compared and contrasted with formative semi-structured data within and between cases. Analysis focused on pivotal points where behaviour changed from exclusive breastfeeding to introducing formula, stopping breastfeeding or introducing solids. This enabled us to identify processes that decelerate or accelerate behaviour change and understand resolution processes afterwards.
Results: The dominant goal motivating behaviour change was family wellbeing, rather than exclusive breastfeeding. Rather than one type of significant other emerging as the key influence, there was a complex interplay between the self-baby dyad, significant others, situations and personal or vicarious feeding history. Following behaviour change women turned to those most likely to confirm or resolve their decisions and maintain their confidence as mothers.
Conclusions: Applying ecological models of behaviour would enable health service organisation, practice, policy and research to focus on enhancing family efficacy and wellbeing, improving family-centred communication and increasing opportunities for health professionals to be a constructive influence around pivotal points when feeding behaviour changes. A paradigm shift is recommended away from the dominant approach of support and education of individual women towards a more holistic, family-centred narrative approach, whilst acknowledging that breastfeeding is a practical skill that women and babies have to learn.
McInnes et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013,  13:1 

Are you looking after your health?

June 11, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

Are you looking after your health?

This week highlights the importance of both men and women looking after their physical and mental health.

Sunday marked the start of Cervical Screening Awareness Weekfrom the 9th to 15th June. This UK wide initiative, lead by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening and how attending a screening invitation can help prevent cervical cancer.

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 who have a cervix – including lesbian and bisexual women – need to go for regular cervical screening tests. Find out more here.

Yesterday also marked the start of Men’s Health Week 10-16th June. Led by the Men’s Health Forum, this year’s campaign aims to tackle stigma in men’s mental health, promote mental wellbeing and encourage more men to seek help and support.

It’s thought that gay and bisexual people are at significantly higher risk of mental health problems, suicidal thoughts and deliberate self harm than heterosexual people.

It’s never been more important to look after both your physical and mental health. Don’t be afraid to ask for support, and be empowered to know your rights around your healthcare. No matter what it is you’re going through, you’re not alone.

For information, support and advice call our helpline on 0845 3 30 30 30 or emailhelpline@lgf.org.uk.

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation

Take Action

“Screening saved my life; I had CIN 4 (pre-cancerous tissue) and had surgery to prevent full blown cancer. My girlfriend and I both had tests here before going on a round-the-world travelling trip for a few years ago. We both had the test because we thought we should even as lesbians.”

Sarah, 37

To support of the work of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, donate now. To donate £3, text ‘TLGF05 £3’ to 70070

Contents
News

What’s On

Homophobia

Policy & Research

Men’s Sexual Health

Jobs & Volunteering

Women

Funding

What’s on @ The LGF this week

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
o    10am-8pm Pop-in

o    10am-8pm LGF counselling service (by appointment only)

o    6-8pm Legal surgery

o    7.30-9pm Stepping Stones

o    10am-8pm Pop-in

o    10am-8pm LGF counselling service (by appointment only)

o    12-2pm Rapid HIV Testing Clinic

o    8-9.30pm Icebreakers

o    10am-8pm Pop-in

o    10am-8pm LGF counselling service (by appointment only)

o    4-8pm Something for the Weekend Sir!

o    6-8pm Police Surgery

o    7.30-9pm Older & Bolder

Friday Weekend Monday
o    10am-8pm Pop-in

o    10am-8pm LGF counselling service (by appointment only)

Saturday

o    2-5pm Be Sassy, Safe & Confident

o    3-5pm Positive Steps

o    10am-8pm Pop-in

o    10am-8pm LGF counselling service (by appointment only)

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News:
#CSAW: Online Tooklit for Professionals Launched

To coincide with Cervical Screening Awareness Week from the 9th to the 15th June, we’ve launched an online toolkit aimed at cervical screening professionals, helping to dispel the myth that lesbian and bisexual women do not need cervical screening.

The Co-operative Launches UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network

The UK’s most gay friendly retailer, The Co-operative has proudly announced the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGB&T network; checkOUT. The network will offer opportunities for retailers of all sizes and those working in or have an interest in the sector to network, share best practice and ensure the sector is positively representing the diverse individuals they employ and serve. The founding partners of the network include The Co-operative’s family of businesses, Telefonica (O2), Waitrose, John Lewis, Vodafone, Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who together employ more than 500,000 people in the UK. Follow CheckOUT on Twitter; @checkOUTLGBT.

New Bishop of Manchester Announced

Last week heralded the announcement of a new Bishop of Manchester. The Right Reverend David Walker, 56, is currently the Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester and is a former pupil of Manchester Grammar School. He will replace the Right Reverend Nigel McCullough, who retired in January after 10 years as Bishop of Manchester. Click on the header for more.

MOSI Set to Close?

Last week it was announced that The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), one of the most important educational facilities in the country, may be set to close. MOSI has also been host to the fantastic ‘Behind the Scene: Stories from Manchester’s LGBT Communities’ exhibition which ran until March 2013, featuring contributions from The LGF such as a signed Sir Ian McKellen t-shirt from Euro Pride 2003 and outnorthwest covers marking key landmarks. SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE CLOSURE!!

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What’s On:
Refugee Week

Every year across the UK, Refugee Week is celebrated in the third week in June. In Salford Refugees, asylum seekers and local communities working with Salford City Council and partners,have successfully delivered a series of exciting programmes over the last few years. Further information on this year’s events here. In addition Z-ARTS, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA, are hosting a Refugee Art Exhibition with photography and texts by the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, in partnership with Virtual Migrants, running until 29th June.

Be Your Own Boss! – Thursday

Do you have a burning idea for a business? Perhaps you have specific skills that you want to use to make a bit of extra cash? Or you’re thinking of going freelance and wondering where to start? If you fancy becoming your own boss and need some help with the basic planning then this is the workshop for you! Join StartupOut for a practical session, enabling you to write an outline business plan. This workshop is FREE and open to all LGB&T people. Taking place Thursday 13th June; 6pm’ at The LGF. Places are limited so pre-booking is essential. Email hello@startupout.org or call 0800 808 5688 to book.

Stonewall Workplace Conference

Coronation Street’s Charlie Condou and Steph Morgan, the Assistant Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, are among the keynote speakers at Stonewall’s Workplace Conference, which returns to Manchester on 14 June. The Conference promotes good practice around sexual orientation in the workplace, and attracted 120 delegates from every sector in 2012. The conference will be held at the Radisson Blu in Manchester on 14 June.

Trafford Health & Wellbeing Forum

Trafford CIL are holding a Feedback Forum on Thursday 20th June from 10–12pm to discuss health and wellbeing topics, and want your views! During the meeting they would like people to talk about their personal experiences in regards to accessing sports and leisure venues/activities in and around Trafford, and gain feedback in regards to inclusion for disabled and deaf people in the local area. For more information click on the header.

Initial meeting of National Network of Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Service Providers

The initial meeting of the national network of lesbian and bisexual women’s service providers will take place at The LGF on Tuesday 25th June 1-4pm. The Network aims to bring together organisations which provide services specifically for lesbian and bisexual women to help them share expertise and best practice and is being set up as part of the Reaching Communities ‘Well Women’ project. Most attendees of the network will be professionals who work for other LGB organisations. Travel bursaries are available to help people to attend the meeting. For more information email sian.lambert@lgf.org.uk.

Your Polari Mission… Should You Choose to Accept it

A fantabulosa evening is in store the Polari Mission is coming to The LGF! Artists Jez Dolan and Joseph Richardson want to save the Polari language from extinction and your mission, should choose to accept it, is to come along to this free interactive and fun session to learn more about Polari as well as brush up your linguistic skills! Get to know yours orbs from your onk and sort the bona from the meese, this experience is not to be missed! Taking place on 28th June 6-8pm, free refreshments!

Getting Our Message OUT – Manchester event

The Consortium of LGBT voluntary and community organisations have organised a free Learning and networking event for LGBT Groups, Projects and Organisations exploring how we can get our message OUT there and campaign to effect change. Saturday 20 July – 11am at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre, 5 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HF.

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Homophobia:
Video: Kiss Hate Goodbye Flashmob

On Saturday 18th May 2013, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation hosted a ‘kissing’ Flashmob in Manchester City Centre, tying in with International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) which falls on 17th May every year. Watch the video and be inspired to host your own flashmob by clicking on the header.

Prince Harry Stands up to Homophobia

Prince Harry has been praised as an account of him intervening in a homophobic attack on a gay solider has come to light, published in gay soldier Lance Corporal James Wharton’s new book Out in the Army.

Free workshops for Young People in Manchester

Do you run a group for young people in Manchester? Do you work in a school or college based in the city? Until the end of July, The LGF can run a free workshop about sexual orientation, coming out, dealing with homophobic bullying and getting support. For more details on what we can offer, contact Lucy Rolfe, Wellbeing Manager on 0161 235 8035 or email lucy.rolfe@lgf.org.uk.

Kiss Hate Goodbye Cocktail Competition!

We’ve teamed up with Revolution Deansgate Locks to offer one Enough is Enough! ACTION against homophobia supporter a fantastic prize in our fabulous non-alcoholic cocktail recipe competition. Click on the header to find out more about how to enter – and how to win!

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Policy & Research:
Live in Salford? Have your say!

Salford City Council is consulting with residents and organisations about how welfare rights, debt and housing advice services are delivered in the city. The council is reviewing these services because of government changes to welfare and benefits. You can find out more about these benefit changes and how you may be affected. Please tell the Council what you think about its plans to change the service by completing the online consultation which closes at 4pm on Friday 28 June 2013.

Austerity and the LGBTQ voluntary sector

LGBT Consortium and Centred are collaborating with the Trades Union Congress on a national research project about the impact of austerity on the LGBTQ voluntary sector. The research aims to identify any changes taking place in the LGBTQ voluntary sector in a rapidly changing funding and policy climate. If you’re part of a not-for-profitLGBTQ group, organisation or project based in and serving England and Wales click on the header to take part.

Research into LGB Asylum Seekers in Britain

A researcher at the University of Liverpool is looking to interview LGB refugees about their experiences of navigating the British Asylum system looking particularly at how their sexual orientation was handled during this process. Interviews will be confidential and to highest ethical guidelines. For more details contactTawseef.Khan@liverpool.ac.uk.

Aged 50+? Living with HIV?

To better understand how the quality of life of older people living with HIV can be improved, a new study entitled HIV and Later Life (HALL) is exploring how living with HIV affects people aged 50 and above. They are inviting older people living with HIV to complete a mental health questionnaire. This research is funded by the Medical Research Council’s Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Cross-Council Programme. To take the questionnaire click on the header. For more information about the research contact Dr. Dana Rosenfeld (Principal Investigator) at d.rosenfeld@keele.ac.uk.

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Men’s Sexual Health:
Rise in STIs among bisexual and gay men

Official figures, released last week, from Public Health England, show an increase in STIs among men who have sex with men, including a 37% rise in gonorrhoea and an 8% rise in chlamydia and genital warts. Click on the header to read more.

Got questions about sex or sexual health? Too shy to ask? Can’t get to a clinic? Why don’t you try an online clinic!

Talk Health have invited The LGF to be charity partner for their online clinic on sexual health. From the 12th to the 18th June the online clinic will be open and uploaded questions will be answered by a panel of experts. For more info go to the header and get asking!

Men’s Health Week 10th-16th June

This week is men’s health week. Here at The LGF we are developing the men’s sexual health programme to include links with general health and wellbeing for gay and bisexual men. Keep an eye onwww.lgf.org.uk/men for developments and information on gay and bisexual men’s health. Also if you want to help shape services for gay and bisexual men why don’t you complete our men’s survey and you could win £50 of shopping vouchers! Just visitwww.lgf.org.uk/mensurvey.

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Jobs & Volunteering:
Jobs at The LGF!

We are looking for a Giving Manager, a Policy & Research Co-ordinator and a Youth Programme Co-ordinator to join our well established team based in Central Manchester. If you are a motivated and engaging individual, you might be just what we are looking for! Visit www.lgf.org.uk/jobs.

LGB Community Leaders – The Voice of our Communities

When it comes to health and social care why shouldn’t lesbian, gay and bisexual people be able to access the best services we can get? This is especially important if we think we haven’t been listened to, or our needs as lesbian, gay and bisexual people haven’t been taken into consideration in the past, or our voices are not currently being heard. If you live in Greater Manchester and want to find out more about how you can be an LGB Community leader, contact andrew.gilliver@lgf.org.uk.

Project Worker, Cambridge

SexYOUality are delighted to have recently been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant to develop a project with young LGBT people to map out the histories of LGBT people over the last 100 years! They are currently recruiting a Project Support Worker to work with us on this exciting project, based in Cambridge. For more information contact Miriam Lyn on 01223 369508; or email Miriam@syacambs.org. Deadline for applications is Monday 17th of June at 10am.

NEW! Volunteer Opportunities @ The LGF

We need you’re Bloomin’ help for Bloomers! In July, The LGF is launching a new social and support group specifically for older bisexual and lesbian women, called Bloomers!  It will be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, in the afternoon.  For this new exciting group, we’re looking for volunteers to help plan and facilitate the group, and help provide a safe and welcoming space for older women who may feel isolated and are looking to make new friends.

Carousel are looking for Volunteers Carousel is one of The LGF’s most popular and long standing groups, and aims to provide a safe, creative and encouraging environment to  bisexual and lesbian women who want to socialise. With this in mind, we are looking for fun, creative and motivated individuals to join a volunteer team to plan and facilitate the group twice a month.  From writing quizzes to games nights, the role of a Carousel volunteer is a fun and varied one!

For more information and an application form, please email kate.hardy@lgf.org.uk or phone 0845 3 30 30 30

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Women:
Book now for women’s workshops

Over the next few months we have some really exciting workshops coming up for lesbian and bisexual women.

  • Be sassy, safe and self-confident takes place this Saturday (15thJune). This workshop will combine confidence-building and self-defence techniques to leave you brimming with boldness!
  • Emulating Emmeline is a creative writing workshop with a difference – you’ll be writing about the women from your community who inspire you. It takes places on Saturday 13th July 2-5pm. Held to commemorate Emmeline Pankhurst Day, this workshop is part of The LGF’s active citizen project, which aims to raise the visibility of lesbian and bisexual women.
  • Snap Happy takes place Saturday 20th July 2-5pm and is a workshop for all you budding photographers. It’s aimed at people with an SLR camera, but if you have a compact camera you can come too!

All these workshops are FREE and open to anyone who identifies as a lesbian or bisexual woman but spaces are limited so book yours now by emailing women@lgf.org.uk

Deeds not Words

Last Saturday (8th June) marked the centenary of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison’s death, who died four days after stepping in front of the King’s horse at the Derby. To commemorate this anniversary, the 100 Deeds campaign has taken the suffragette slogan: ‘Deeds Not Words’ and encouraged people to do and share a deed. An exhibition of the first 100 deeds is at The People’s History Museum until 14th June, as part of the ongoing Wonder Women: Radical Manchester project. To find out more about 100 deeds and to submit your own deed go to www.100deeds.co.uk.

‘You’re having a lesbian’

We love this pro-gay marriage video from Australia, featuring a pregnant woman and her partner at a pre-natal scan.

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Funding:
Heritage Lottery Fund – Our Heritage

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK. Not-for-profit organisations are welcome to apply for projects that make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Guardian Charity Awards

The Awards seek to celebrate UK charities that make an outstanding contribution to social welfare in the community. Charities with an annual turnover of between £5k and £1.5 Million are welcome to apply, and must demonstrate the difference they make to disadvantaged and marginalised communities. Awards include an equal share of a £25k prize fund. Applications must be submitted by 19th July.

RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise

Funding is available to non-profit organisations in the UK for innovative projects which inspire women to understand and explore enterprise as a future career option. Grants of up between £10k and £50k will be awarded to organisations with a track record of providing enterprise support to women. The deadline for applications is 17th June.

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NHS Bulletin

June 9, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

In the last issue, we described the changes that were happening to NHS organisations on April 1st.  In particular, we described the role of the North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who have now taken over responsibility for planning, arranging and funding the majority of health services in the city. This monthly e:bulletin is one of the ways these CCGs will let you know what they are doing to improve health and health services in the city. It will also provide news from across the NHS and updates from our other partners in Manchester. If you have any comments on this e:bulletin, or on health issues or services in the city, please email us at talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

 

 

How do you find and use health information?

The NHS produces lots of health information, from leaflets and letters to websites and videos, and we’re not alone. There are hundreds of websites, magazines, blogs and TV programmes about health and healthcare that offer seemingly endless information. For some people, this can mean a wealth of useful – and not so useful – sources of information, whilst for others it can be confusing or even frightening.

 

We want to produce the best health and healthcare information possible and we want to make sure that what we produce is useful, clear and easy to find when you need it. Something that’s not always easy to do in a city as diverse as Manchester. That’s why North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group has teamed up with Deakin University in Melbourne who are world experts in how people find, understand and use health information. The project will look at how people use this kind of information to help them stay healthy and independent or to manage an illness or longer term condition. We want to find out what works well for different people so we can make sure that each person is given exactly the right kind of information and support when they need it.

 

You can help us to do this by taking our quick online survey. It should only take about five minutes and it will help us to improve the information and support that we offer to you and people like you.

 

Click here to take our five minute survey.

 

Developing Integrated Health & Social Care across Manchester

For the past few months, colleagues from across health and social care have been working together on a new approach, to care and support people who live with chronic health conditions. This collaboration work is referred to as integration.  Integrated care will probably not affect most people, as the teams only deal with small numbers of people in each GP practice where they’ve been set up. Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups believe that increasing partnership working between health and social care professionals in this way will mean a better experience for patients.

 

North Manchester CCG has developed Integrated Neighbourhood Care teams. These are teams of local workers – social workers, district nurses, doctors, active case managers and others who work with GP practices. So far, integrated neighbourhood care teams have been set up around GP practices in the Cheetham and Crumpsall areas. From July, we plan to extend this approach to the Ancoats, Clayton, Beswick and Openshaw areas of north Manchester. The idea is to find people early so that services can organise the best package of support to prevent them from becoming ill and going into hospital. A specially developed system helps the team to find the patients who are most at risk of going into hospital. The team then look at what each local service, including other services outside the core team, could do to help the person stay healthy, independent and out of hospital. This support could be anything from arranging carers or adaptations to their home to setting up nursing care or even sending text messages to remind them to take their medications. Each patient cared for by these integrated teams will be allocated a key worker who is responsible for managing their support and who will be their main contact while they’re looked after. The key worker will build a package of support around each patient after meeting with them to agree what the person most wants to achieve in terms of increased independence, self-management, etc.

 

Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and partners are engaging with patients who are under the care of their new Practice Integrated Care Teams. These teams provide care to those people most at risk of hospitalisation, enabling them to stay in their home and receive care there instead. This is a new way of providing care and the views of patients and carers is one of the key ways of assessing whether the teams are working well. Patient diaries and structured telephone interviews are being used  to gather this information which will help inform the further development of integrated care in Manchester in the months ahead. If you would like an information leaflet, please emailtalkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

The four key partners for the integration work in South Manchester are: South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester City Council and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. They are working together to develop integrated ‘neighbourhood’ teams initially in two locality patches, Wythenshawe and Withington and Fallowfield. The joint aim is to improve the health and well-being of patients and their carers, improving professional experience and knowledge, and delivering sustainable care to patients within a challenging financial climate.

 

In January a launch event was held at the Forum, Wythenshawe. A range of stakeholders attended including staff from all disciplines, Community Nursing, General Practice, Social care, Mental Health, local councillors, patient representatives and Third Sector voluntary organisations. All participants submitted individual pledges at the end of the session detailing their personal commitment to shaping and delivering this agenda.

 

During April and May, colleagues from the core Neighbourhood Team have been visiting the thirteen practices in the two pilot patches to run ‘mock’ multi-disciplinary team sessions and test the team process model. These sessions have also provided an opportunity for practices to meet the Neighbourhood Teams, to comment on how they envisage the teams will operate and to ask any questions ahead of go-live.  A Neighbourhood Team information leaflet is available by emailingtalkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

Self-help and support groups in North Manchester

In a recent survey, one of the things that North Manchester patients told us was that they wanted more access to self-help and support groups. Local support groups provide an important opportunity for people to meet others who are going through the same things – they might be for people undergoing cancer treatment, those who have had a heart attack or stroke or patients who are newly diagnosed with a long-term condition like diabetes, COPD or chronic kidney disease.

 

We really want to know more about what groups exist in North Manchester, where they meet and how patients can be introduced. We want to do this so that we can share this information with doctors, nurses and other professionals in North Manchester so that they can help put patients in touch with the groups that can help them.

 

If you run, attend or support a local self-help or support group in North Manchester, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us what the group is, who it’s for, and how people who might want to join can get in touch. Contact j.palfreyman@nhs.net if you want to provide details or would like to know more.

 

Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA): Call for information

In preparation for the next update of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board would like your help to understand what effect different issues have on the communities and people of Manchester. We are inviting local people, groups and organisations to send in any information they have about how the needs of people are being – or not being – met by existing services.

 

David Regan, Director of Public Health in Manchester said, “For the first half of this year, the Health and Wellbeing Board has decided to consider six topics in detail: long term conditions; alcohol/liver disease; early detection and prevention of cancer; early help for children and young people; dementia and tuberculosis (TB). We will be looking at other topics later on in 2013.”

 

If you would like to provide us with some information for consideration as part of the JSNA, you can do so using the simple form attached to this e-bulletin. However, we are also happy to accept other types of evidence, such as written submissions, existing reports and statistics, survey responses or individual testimonies etc. if you would prefer to respond in that way.

 

Please send us your evidence by e-mail to JSNA@manchester.gov.uk or by post to Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council, P.O. Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA by Friday 7thJune 2013.

 

If you need advice on what to submit, or would like more details on the JSNA process in Manchester, please contact Neil Bendel at n.bendel@manchester.gov.uk or by telephone on (0161) 234 4089.

 

Please pass this request on to anyone else in your network who you think might have information or data to contribute to the JSNA.

 

Patient and Carer Diaries

Are you living with/or caring for someone with a long-term health condition in Manchester? Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups are looking for patients and /or their carers to keep a diary and share their experiences of using local NHS services. We are looking for people who live with long-term health conditions, for example, diabetes, epilepsy or asthma. Also you may live with mental health problems or have recently had a stroke and want to share your views of NHS services. The patient / carer diaries give you the opportunity to share with us your experiences of using NHS services across Manchester and if you are supported by a carer they can also share their experiences in the diaries. You must be living in and be registered with a GP in Manchester to complete a diary. The diaries need to be kept for a minimum of 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks the diaries will be returned via a freepost envelope. All of the information in the diaries will be anonymised and used to influence developments/changes in local services. The diaries can be returned to the patient and carer if requested. You can look at a copy of a diary here and if you are interested in being involved, please email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk or call 0161 765 4168 for further information.

Congratulations if you have just discovered you are pregnant. We are also looking for women who may have have just found out they are pregnant to keep a diary of their pregnancy and their journey through NHS services. If you are interested in being involved, please emailtalkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk or call 0161 765 4168 for further information. You must be living in and be registered with a GP in Manchester. Approximately at the end of 9 months, the diaries would be returned via a freepost envelope. All of the information in the diaries will be anonymised and used to influence developments/changes in local maternity services. The diaries can be returned to the women if requested.

Finding the right GP practice for you and your family

Every now and then, people find that they need to register with a new GP practice. Whether it’s because they’ve just moved house, changed job or aren’t yet registered, it’s always useful to know where to look for information.

 

Most people will have a choice of GP practices nearby. You don’t have to register with the one nearest to you, but you should choose one that is easy for you to get to. Each GP practice works within specific local areas called ‘practice boundaries’. Practices can still register patients who live outside this area at their discretion, but they have to register patients who live within their boundary if their list is open. The practice should be able to show you theirs. Many patients also consider the following when choosing a GP service:

o  Opening hours

o  Choice of male or female GPs

o  Close to home or work

o  Friendly staff

o  Particular services or clinics

o  Availability of other services

o  Can you see a GP on the same day?

 

Much of this information should be easy to find out by phoning or visiting the practice, but there are some online resources that can provide useful information on your local GP practices. This means you can find out more about surgery times, the services they offer and how they compare.

 

NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk - provides lots of information about local NHS services including GP practices. To search for GPs in your area just type your postcode or area into their GP search page -http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/LocationSearch/4. NHS Choices will provide summaries of all the GP practices in your area including performance information, survey results and patient reviews. You can click on each summary to go through to the practice page where you’ll find lots more information about doctors, nurses and other staff, opening hours, clinic times and additional services to help you find the one most suited to your needs.

 

The NHS in Manchester website - http://www.manchester.nhs.uk - also has information about local services, including information about GP services in Manchester here:http://www.manchester.nhs.uk/getinformed/gpinformation/ and a helpful leaflet on registering with a GP in Manchester here:http://www.manchester.nhs.uk/document_uploads/gp_information/Choose_Well_GP_Registration_Lft.pdf

 

Finally, for all enquiries and complaints about primary care services  (GPs, Dentists and Opticians) contact NHS England:

o  Phone: 0300 3112233

o  Email:    nhscommissioningboard@hscic.gov.uk

o  Post:      NHS Commissioning Board, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT

 

Manchester CCGs and MacMillan Cancer Support

Plans are now underway for the three Manchester CCGs to work with MacMillan Cancer Support to improve the way that cancer services are delivered in the city. We are really keen to speak to people who have experience of cancer, or anyone who has cared for someone with cancer, to help us get this important programme of work right for the large numbers of people in Manchester who are affected. For more information about any of this work, please contact Sandra on 0161 765 4177 or emailtalkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk

 

Patient and Public Involvement

Do you attend a patient / carer support group in Manchester? If you are interested in a member of the Communications and Engagement Team coming along to speak about patient and public involvement in Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups at one of your meetings or hold an information stall at a local event, please email talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk with details and information.

 

Patient Services, NHS England, Freedom of Information and Independent Complaints Advocacy Contact Details

For all patient enquiries, complaints and MP letters about Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group services please contact:

Patient Services, Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit (GMCSU)

Phone: 0161 212 6270

Email:    patientservices.gmcsu@nhs.net

Post:      St James’s House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW

 

For Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups services contact:

Email:    foi.gmcsu@nhs.net

Post:      St James’s House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW

 

For all enquiries and complaints about primary care services  (GPs, Dentists, Opticians and Pharmacies) contact:

NHS England

Phone: 0300 3112233

Email:    nhscommissioningboard@hscic.gov.uk

Post:      NHS Commissioning Board, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT

 

For independent complaints advocacy support  for patients and carers contact:

Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) 

Phone: 0808 8010390

Email:    boltonica@carersfederation.co.uk

Post:      5th Floor, Arthur House, Chorlton Street, Manchester, M1 3FH

 

Being Active for Better Mental Health

Duration: 1 day course (9.30-16.30)

Dates: 25th June 2013

26th Nov 2013

Course Aims:

-            To show evidence of the benefits of physical activity for mental health and general well being

-            To practise using behaviour change models and techniques, with individuals and groups, to help    motivate clients to be more physically active

-            To increase the confidence of the course participants, in helping others to become more physically active

Target Audience:

Frontline workers and volunteers in health, social care or community settings, working with individuals or groups

Trainers: Serena Kent & Shamin Malik

Venue: Training Room, Public Health Development Service, Victoria Mill

Booking a Place on Training: Contact Peter Stretton, Training Administrator on 0161 248 1757 or email: peter.stretton@mhsc.nhs.uk

 

You will need to complete an application form which you can find onhttp://www.mphds.org/mphds/training/training.html

 

The form needs to be returned to Peter Stretton on Fax: 0161 248 1751 or

Manchester Public Health Development Service, 1st Floor Fallowfield Library, Platt Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7FB

 

Patient user partnership (PUP) cancer services (Wythenshawe Hospital)

PUP are a small group which brings together patients, relatives, carers and professionals (known collectively as ‘users’) to discuss issues which affect people with cancer. The PUP group puts forward ideas and offers views and experiences to influence and improve the development of cancer services at Wythenshawe and Withington Community Hospital, making things better for patients who have already developed cancer as well as those who are at risk from getting cancer.

  • Have you had cancer or looked after someone with cancer?
  • Do you want to have a say in how patients with cancer at our hospitals are looked after?
  • Are there things that we could do better? Do you want to help make things better for people with cancer?
  • Do you work with patients and carers who will be interested in getting involved in this group?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions please drop into the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, ground Floor acute block- opposite the café- or contact the centre on 0161 291 4875/4876

 

“it’s a wonderful life”…Let us help you get it back!!

ARE YOU UNDERGOING TREATMENT or COMPLETED CANCER TREATMENT AND ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO GET BACK TO NORMAL OR A ‘NEW NORMAL’?

Then you need to join us on the H.O.P.E.(help overcome problems effectively) course at the Macmillan cancer information and support centre, Wythenshawe Hospital.These 6 week  courses will help to rediscover your strengths,make the most of the good things in your life and manage the day-to day impact of your condition.

 

We run the HOPE course 3 times a year- usually January/February or May/June and September/October-For all patients with any cancer diagnosis. Contact or call in the centre for more information and to book a place- tel: 0161 291 4876.

 

Festival of Public Health UK

The University of Manchester is pleased to announce the 2nd Festival of Public Health UK will be taking place at the University of Manchester on July 4th. The Festival proved to be a resounding success last year and we have taken into account all of the feedback we received to make further improvements for this year’s event.

 

Full details of the event can be found at www.festivalofpublichealth.co.uk where you can register and submit abstracts. The abstract submission process is open straight away and it will close on 31st May.

 

The guest speakers will be providing plenary lectures and workshops at the festival. These include:

 

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England 1998 – 2010

Professor David Colquhoun, Creator, DC’s Improbable Science, University College London

Professor Ian Jacobs, Dean of Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester

Professor Tony Redmond, Chair, Foreign Medical Teams Working Group, World Health Organisation

Professor Darren Shickle, Head of Academic Unit of Public Health, University of Leeds

Dr Michael Donmall, Director, National Drugs Evidence Centre

Dr Arpana Verma, Director, Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health

 

This year the Festival will start earlier and finish earlier (10 – 5), have improved delegate materials, and we will provide lunch and tea/coffee. There will be a small charge for the Festival to take these changes into account but we have kept these low to keep the festival accessible to as many people as possible, with prices starting at £20 for concessions. The rates will be staggered over time so we advise booking early to make the most of the cheapest rates. Please see the website for more information.

 

Please find the Festival poster attached to this e-mail, and feel free to pass this around to anybody you feel would be interested in attending the event.

 

We look forward to seeing you on July 4th, if you have any further queries please emailmuch@manchester.ac.uk.

 

RCN Bulletins Jobs Fair

The RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair is heading to Manchester on 3-4 July.  The event is aimed at nurses looking to develop their career or find a new job.  It is a free to attend event with a comprehensive seminar programme offering free advice to all nurses.

 

I have attached a pdf which has all the information to include on any newsletters you send out.

If you require any further information, please contact Tina Sutch  tina.sutch@rcnpublishing.co.uk or telephone 020 8872 3117 .

 

The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT)

Ever wanted to know the level of educational attainment, the crime level or population in a specific ward? All the information you need can now be found in one place.

The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT) is an interactive application which allows you to view and interrogate data. IHAT contains a wide range of statistical information relating to Manchester, which can be displayed on a map, data grid and bar chart. Other location-based data can be overlaid on the map to provide context for the data. The hub also offers links to advice on research, evaluation, commissioning and procurement.

IHAT contains over 100 statistical variables, spanning different themes. Data can be exported for your own analysis. The themes, which include population, income, education and housing, broadly follow the themes identified in the State of the Wards and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment reports, and are available for Manchester wards.

To find out more, or start your research, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/IntelligenceHub.

Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre Research Report

In 2012, NHS North West commissioned the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre to undertake a research project with the ultimate aim of helping transgender people get better access to health services. This report documents the findings of that project, which includes the obstacles the researchers encountered when trying to engage with GP practice staff.  It highlights the low levels of awareness of transgender issues, as well as openly transphobic attitudes. Click here to read the report.

 

Whit School Holiday Activities

There are only five weeks until the beginning of the Whit Holidays, 28th to 31st May, and MHA can provide the perfect holiday solution for children, aged 3 to 14 years, from 10am to 3pm each day for only £5.00 per child.

 

Each week includes sports coaching, crafts, arts, visits out plus lots more. For more information, please click here.

 

Places are limited so book asap.

Invisible Boundaries

June 9, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

We would like to inform you about the recent National Conference, ‘Invisible Boundaries’, which took place on Wednesday 24th April 13.
We received unprecedented interest in the conference and it was attended by over 100 people, with representation from the public sector, local authorities, voluntary sector, educational establishments and UCLan students and staff.

Please find below information about the impetus for the conference and the resulting launch of the Navajo-UCLan Sexuality Training Toolbox:

A study by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has found that many organisations still have a long way to go before sexuality equality is prevalent in Lancashire’s work places.

Principal Lecturer Trish Byrne-Roberts and Dr Chris Hough have worked with Clive Taylor, Equality and Diversity Lead within Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, to assess the impact that sexuality awareness training course Navajo has made in helping organisations to make a cultural change in their understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and groups.

Navajo is a Lancashire project designed to tackle oppression, stigma and prejudice and to promote social well-being and acceptance in society of LGBT people. It offers a training programme for organisations to deliver effect equality and diversity training in the work place.

After surveying two focus groups of people from fifteen Lancashire organisations who attended the Navajo training course, results suggest that people in the work place often compartmentalise the different areas of sexuality and think that they can only exist as separate, discrete characteristics. Research also suggests that a similar pattern of behaviour towards sexuality is widespread within schools.

The research findings were shared at the Invisible Boundaries conference held at UCLan and presented an evaluation of the Navajo sexuality training programme which, took place over the last 12 years.

The researchers intend to use their findings to ensure that professional practitioners and agencies can deliver effective equality and diversity training within workplaces, such as the school environment, social work settings and within the public sector.

The culmination of research has led to the development of the Navajo-UCLan Sexuality Training Toolbox, which can be commissioned by organisations as a development and training package. The Toolbox is designed to support individuals and organisations in delivering or participating in the Navajo training via online materials or through face to face training sessions. The toolbox launch in late July early August

For more information about the researchers’ work and the Navajo-UCLan Sexuality Training Toolbox contact David Howard by email ondhoward1@uclan.ac.uk or telephone on 01772 892250.

Our Life Matters

June 9, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

June 2013

Sign up to wellbeing: Health & wellbeing in housing

Our Life is delighted to be involved with a group of North West Housing Associations leading a campaign to start a wellbeing movement in housing at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) conference 2013.

As evidenced in our Seven and a half years report, wellbeing adds 7.5 years to life expectancy and is crucial to transforming lives. We will therefore be working alongside Plus Dane Group, the Regenda Group, First Choice Homes, Halton Housing Trust, St Vincent’s and Liverpool Housing Trust to champion wellbeing. For more information, click here.

Are you a housing association interested in the health and wellbeing of your residents and staff? From 25th to 27th June, Our Life will be at the CIH conference in Manchester Central. We will be at stand C55, come and say hello and sign up to wellbeing.

For more information on the sign up to wellbeing movement, follow @WellbeingRPs on Twitter.

Wellbeing matters

Housing association Plus Dane Group have commissioned Our Life to run a Wellbeing Inquiry in Bromley Farm, Congleton. We are working with residents on the Bromley Farm estate to try and find out what action needs to be taken to improve wellbeing in the neighbourhood. The Inquiry is progressing well. Participants have completed the “explorer” phase of the sessions and are now hearing from commentators on issues that affect them. To view a short clip from the Inquiry click here. We will also be releasing snippets of film from participants highlighting the issues that matter to them. Look out for more clips on Twitter, follow @OurLifeNW.

Health & wellbeing strategy – Your Housing Group

Our Life has been working with Your Housing Group, developing their Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plan. We look forward to seeing their ambitious plans take shape, including an engagement plan for local health colleagues and recruitment of champions to support the development of the overarching action plan and local implementation plans.

Communicating difficult health messages

Our Life is working in Ashton to address the challenge of “how to develop a confident community engagement approach within local health professionals, so that they can communicate difficult health messages with all communities, making no-one hard to reach.” This project has evolved from NWSHA funding to support health professionals in exploring difficult health issues with communities, with a specific focus on TB in white working class populations.

Citizen’s Inquiry: Rural People Matter

In May 2013, the final Rural People Matter meeting between local Council officers from Cheshire West and Chester Council and rural participants continued the discussion about implementing community recommendations.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Rob Callow, will be meeting with Our Life to discuss other ways of ensuring that the learning from the Inquiry is built upon. This may take the form of in-house workshops for staff teams or mentoring onsite during engagement exercises.

The training will allow participants to share their knowledge and work through critical questions around community engagement and rural areas.

Alcohol and the world of work: International perspectives & solutions

Alcohol Concern Cymru’s annual conference 2013 is in partnership with CAIS, Drink Wise North West and Glyndŵr University. Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, Wednesday 18 September 2013.

This conference will provide you with the tools you need to create and support healthy workplaces – whether you’re an employer or employee, HR professional or trade union representative, or if you’re already working in public health or substance misuse. For more details and to book your place click here.

Twitter

Why not check out what we have been up to, view our video clips, case studies, and get to know the @OurLifeNW team…

Alison Giles, Chief Executive @AlisonGiles2
Matt Bowen, Head of Research @Bowen_mt
Peter Bryant, Head of Community Engagement @PNBryant
Sallie Bridgen, Housing Consultant @salliebridgen
Holly Keogh, Marketing & Communications Manager @misshollykeogh
Sue Millichap, Community Engagement Practitioner @ThatGirlSue

Talking Wellbeing training

March 30, 2013 in Education, Health by Tony Wright

Talking Wellbeing training

NHS North West have commissioned Our Life to run training on Talking Wellbeing. Talking Wellbeing is a discussion kit that supports a five-step workshop exploring wellbeing in a guided yet flexible way. It is aimed at young people aged between 14-19 and can be used with groups of between three to ten participants. The kit will be of interest to a wide range of people working with or needing to involve young people. For more information on the Talking Wellbeing training click here.

Training dates:

Friday 7th June 2013: Manchester 10.00am-12.30pm

Thursday 13th June 2013: Preston 1.30pm-4.00pm

 

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should email their name, position, organisation and contact details to Sue Millichap by the closing date of 13th May 2013.

 

http://www.ourlife.org.uk/silo/files/talking-wellbeing-training-june-2013.pdf

NHS Manchester E-Bulletin

March 30, 2013 in Health by Tony Wright

All change….

 

You will have heard a lot over the last two years about the restructure of the NHS resulting from the coalition Government’s Health and Social Care Act of 2012. Some organisations have been abolished, new organisations have been created, and some organisations have changed their role and responsibilities. On the 1st April 2013, we switch over from the old system to the new. This bulletin explains what changes are occurring.

 

The new world

The vast majority of the changes to the NHS concern those organisations who commission services on your behalf i.e. those who plan, fund, arrange and monitor health services delivered in your area. The providers of services, for example hospitals or GP practices, will not be affected by these changes.  Primary Care Trusts, like NHS Manchester, have until now commissioned almost all your local health services. On the 31st March, they will be abolished and their responsibility will be transferred to a number of different organisations:

 

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – These are new organisations led by local GPs. There are 3 in Manchester: North Manchester CCG, Central Manchester CCG and South Manchester CCG.  All GP practices in the city are members of one of these. Their principlerole is to commission:

Hospital Services

Community services such as district nursing or physiotherapists

Mental Health services

Learning Disability Services

 

NHS Commissioning Board (NCB) – This is a new, national organisation which has an ‘area team’ covering Greater Manchester. Their role is to deliver the Department of Health’s ambitions for the NHS by working with commissioners and providers of services across the country. They will also directly commission:

GP practices

Dentists

Pharmacists

Optometrists

Specialised services such as HIV care or heart transplants

 

Local Authorities – Under the changes, Manchester City Council will become responsible for commissioning public health services. These are services which help you live healthier lives and help prevent ill health. There are a wide range of these but examples include:

Heath improvement work such as the Stop Smoking Service or weight management services

School nursing

Sexual health services

Drug and Alcohol Support services

 

Public Health England – This is a national body which will work closely with local authorities’ public health teams, carrying out a range of activities to protect and improve the nation’s health. Their work will include:

Co-ordinating work to combat infectious diseases such as flu

Co-ordinating work to combat infections acquired in hospitals such as MRSA

Deliver national publicity campaigns to prevent ill health

 

Further information

With such a range of new organisations, there is a danger that people don’t know where to go for up to date news and information about health services. The three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups are trying to make this as simple as possible for local people by keeping all of our information resources city-wide. These include:

 

This E-bulletin, which will continue to be produced on a monthly basis and provide information about NHS services across Manchester.

 

The NHS Manchester website (www.manchester.nhs.uk) will become a website for the 3 Clinical Commissioning groups so you will only have to go to one site to get local health information and updates.

 

The NHS Manchester social media sites (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) will continue to cover the whole of Manchester and will feature news from each Clinical Commissioning Group.  Additionally, If you wish to contact any of the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups you can use just one e-e-mail address to get through to us: talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

National websites such as NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) will continue to provide a range of information about all health services and common health conditions.  Also, in the middle of April, the new national phone line, 111, will be launched. This will replace NHS Direct and will provide health advice by phone to people who require it urgently. A national publicity campaign about this new number will begin soon.

 

Your views count

You will have seen a lot of coverage of the NHS in national and local media recently. The terrible events at Mid Staffordshire hospital, which led to a large number of people receiving unacceptable care, have highlighted the importance of listening to, and acting upon, the views and experiences of patients using health services. The Clinical Commissioning Groups have a key role to play in this and we want to hear much more from you about the services in the city, both good and bad. If you have any ideas about how we can make it easier for people to do this, please email your thoughts talkinghealth@manchester.nhs.uk.

 

Sometimes you may wish to complain about, or need to resolve a problem with, a local service. You can do this in two ways. You can either:

 

Contact the service directly. You will need to ask the service itself the best way to do this.

 

Complain to the commissioners of the service. To do this, please contact the Patient Services team. Their contact details are as follows:

 

Tel:     0161 212 6270   or   Email:  patientservices.gmcsu@nhs.net

 
 

Equality and Diversity News

March 27, 2013 in Communtiy Safety, Health by Tony Wright

A message from Shahnaz, Christine, Loren and Nienke in the E&D team
We think it would be a tragedy for the E&D network that we have all created to fade away as the NHS undergoes a major change in April. So we have set up a facility for people to be able to tell us their new contact details for networking after the transition.

 

All you need to do is fill in a short survey form with your new details and we will use these, after the transition completes, to stay in touch with you and help sustain and build upon the networks we’ve developed these past few years. Your information will ONLY be used for this purpose.

If you think there are contacts within your own local networks who would like to put their names on the list then please pass this message on to them as well.

 

The team will also be accessible should you wish to get in touch with us. Shahnaz Ali OBE can be reached at shahnazaliobe@gmail.com. Loren Grant can be reached at grant.loren@gmail.com. And Christine Burns can be contacted via c_burns@plain-sense.co.uk. Christine also blogs regularly about Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights matters at http://blog.plain-sense.co.uk

Let’s stay in touch!

 

Shahnaz Ali receives her OBE at Buckingham Palace
Shahnaz Ali, Director of Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights at NHS North West, receives her OBE at Buckingham Palace on March 7. The award was in recognition of Shahnaz’s contribution to equalities work over more than 30 years.
How to book the ever popular History Timeline Exhibitions after 31 March, 2013

As you may know, NHS North West has produced three history timeline exhibitions over the past four years: the BME History Timeline, the LGBT History Timeline and the Disability History Timeline.

 

The BME History Timeline Exhibition was the first timeline to be produced by NHS North West in 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and to honour the enormous contribution made to the NHS by Black and Minority Ethnic staff over the past six decades. Key political events of the past 60 years are set alongside milestones in the health service and the personal stories of individual staff.

 

In 2011 NHS North West launched its
LGBT History Timeline exhibition,  film and resources to support education all year round on, and draw attention to, the lives and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

 

 

 

The most recent timeline, the Disability History Timeline Exhibition, previewed in December 2012, aims to document how attitudes towards disability have differed (or not) through the ages and across cultures. It also marks the contribution of individuals and groups to advancements in health and social care in relation to disability; and it highlights legal and other landmarks in the struggles towards equal rights of disabled people.

 

 The Timeline Exhibitions have been displayed around the North West and in other parts of the UK regularly since they were launched. They have been displayed in public libraries, town halls and prisons as well as in different NHS venues, including hospital corridors, foyers and other public areas.  Feedback has already been very positive and the Timelines have proven to be a valuable educational tool for the NHS and other public sector bodies.

 

The good news is that you will still have access to the Timeline resources after March 31, 2013.

Many thanks to Julia Allen, Equality and Diversity Manager (Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit) who has kindly agreed to be the one to contact if you are interested in booking one of the History Timeline Exhibitions.

Reach her at juliaallen@nhs.net or 0161 304 5333 or 07824 599398.

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week: May 2013

Last year NHS Employers organised their first Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, which has been very succesful. So NHS Employers is once again co-ordinating a week full of national, regional and local activities and events focussing on equality and diversity.

 

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2013 (EDHR 2013) will take place from Monday 13 May till Friday 17 May. This year the theme will be on knowledge and data – with an emphasis on collecting high quality information; getting the most from that information; and sharing knowledge openly.

NHS Trusts and other organisations are invited to add their activities and events to the specially developed calender on the EDHR 2013 website and to share and profile the work that they are doing to create a fairer and more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.

There is also an opportunity to vote for Personal, Diverse and Fair champion awards.

 

People are asked to think about who they would like to nominate for either an individual award or trust/organisation and can do so by following this link. Nominations are now open until Monday 15 April.

 

Please click here for more information and to find out what’s happening during EDHR 2013.

Religion or belief in the workplace

In January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment in four combined cases about religious rights in the workplace. The cases were brought by Christians, but the implications of the judgment apply to employees with any religion or belief, or none. The judgment affects employer responsibilities for policies and practices affecting religion or belief rights in the workplace, the rights of employees (including job applicants) and the rights of customers or service users.

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a new good practice guide, which aims to help employers understand how to comply with the Court’s judgment when recognising and managing the expression of religion or belief in the workplace. It specifically addresses the following questions:

  • How will an employer know if a religion or belief is genuine?
  • What kind of religion or belief requests will an employer need to consider?
  • What steps should an employer take to deal with a request?
  • What questions should employers ask to ensure their approach to a religion or belief request is justified?
  • Do employees now have a right to promote their particular religion or belief when at work?
  • Can employees refrain from work duties?

Please click here to read the good practice guide.

Young people taking action on health and wellbeing

 

A recently held seminar in Liverpool, organised by North West Together We Can, provided an opportunity to find out how young people are taking the lead on health and wellbeing and building on stronger communities.

 

Keynote speaker was Dan Moxon, Regional Participation Officer, from the North West Regional Youth Work Unit, who highlighted the potential and benefits of the health sector and youth organisations co-operating to improve health and wellbeing.

Click here to see his presentation.

Participants then had the opportunity to listen, learn and question exciting youth projects from Merseyside and beyond that are taking action on health and wellbeing and making a difference to their lives and others!

 

Please follow think link to see the presentations of the different groups, including:

Man MOT: discuss health concerns with a doctor online

Man MOT is the health website where men can talk about anything – including the things they can’t talk about anywhere else.”

Man MOT is a new way of accessing health information for men. Run by the Men’s Health Forum (MHF), it enables men to discuss their health concerns with a doctor online using a confidential chat facility. The statistics suggest that men are less likely to visit their GP than women and that as a result their health conditions are often diagnosed later than they need to be.

 

Available every Monday night and Wednesday afternoon.

Man MOT is currently in a pilot phase. Please visit and tell MHF what you think of the site and would like to see on it in the future.

 

Inclusive patient journey captured on film

Tameside and Glossop PCT has produced an online short film to help raise awareness to provider and commissioner healthcare staff teams.  The film should remind people of the importance that front line services should be understanding and that staff should feel comfortable with patients’ and carers’ individual differences and being able to accommodate those in a reasonable way.

Julia Allen, Equality and Diversity lead, says: ‘One of the unique things about this short patient voice film is that a number of Consumer Advice Panel (CAP) members volunteered to be in the video and the actual filming and sound was done by CAP members supervised by Donkey Stone. All members were given the opportunity of being in the film and / or putting a vignette forward for inclusion. The ones who came forward are all included either in front of or behind the camera.’

 

Please follow this link to watch the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6893Y6g96Y

 

  

 

 

Dates for your diary
LGF Regional Conference, Saturday April 20,  10am-4pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is hosting the fourth annual regional conference for groups and public sector representatives to come together and share news, updates and discuss some of the current and forthcoming issues facing LGBT communities.

Free event with lunch and refreshments provided. Contact andrew.gilliver@lgf.org.uk or call 0845 3 30 30 30 for more information or to book your place.

BOND Masterclass: Mental health of children and young people
Friday April 26, 9.30am-4pm, 42nd Street the Space 87-91, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG
Navigate your way through the latest thinking on mental health as it applies to VCOs working with ‘Looked After Children’, and young people who offend, in this one day masterclass. Build your confidence as you gain an excellent overview of the issues and concerns your organisation faces.

To book your place and for more information about this free event, please follow this link.

Health in the headlines

Early death link to learning disabilities ‘shocking’
People with learning disabilities die on average 16 years earlier than they should, due to NHS failings, according to official research. The Bristol University researchers who carried out the work looked at all deaths over a two-year period in five primary care trust areas in the south-west of England. And it revealed that people with learning disabilities were more likely to have a premature death than those in the general population.

Vitamin D during pregnancy doesn’t aid child bones, study shows
Official health guidelines could be overstating the importance of taking Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, a report has shown. A study, published in health journal The Lancet, showed that maternal vitamin D levels are not associated with the child’s bone health later in life.

 

Basic care for elderly ‘lacking’
Basic care for the elderly in hospitals and care homes in England is still not good enough, the regulator says. The Care Quality Commission report, based on a snapshot of services, found about a third failed to meet all the standards for nutrition and dignity.

Will changing my diet help me sleep better?
New studies have claimed links between the way we eat and the way we rest at night. We are what we eat, and now researchers are saying that our diet affects how we sleep. A study, published in the journal Appetite, found differences in the diets of people who slept for seven to eight hours a night compared with those snoozing for five.

Healthier Together Update

March 13, 2013 in Communtiy Safety, Health by Tony Wright

Healthier Together is a review of health and care in Greater Manchester. This includes primary, community and hospital services and the impact on social care. It is led by NHS Greater Manchester on behalf of the area’s 12 shadow Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Attached is a document that explains more about the programme.


Engaging with stakeholders
We have recently been engaging with patients, carers, residents and local stakeholders from across Greater Manchester in a series of public events. These have provided opportunities for the Healthier Together team to have honest and open conversations about the future of health and care services across Greater Manchester, and, more importantly, to find out what people believe ‘best care’ looks like for both in and out of hospital services.

Over 200 people attended the events and listened to presentations about why change is needed, delivered by the clinicians leading the Healthier Together programme.  Attendees also took part in a range of interactive discussions, and had the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Feedback from the events was positive, and the outcomes of the conversations that took place will be presented to the NHS Greater Manchester board in November, along with the Greater Manchester vision based on public feedback.

 

The events were just the start of the conversation, and have set the precedent for how we plan to engage with our population in the coming months. An ongoing conversation will continue across Greater Manchester with a range of local patients, public, groups and the voluntary and community organisations, and we will specifically be targeting hard to reach groups. Details of the events, once confirmed, will be made available on the Healthier Together website, www.healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk.

 

Patient and carer panels are also being established, allowing people with experience of care pathways in the clinical workstream areas to work closely with the programme team and clinicians to influence the options being developed over the coming months.

 

Join the Healthier Together community
We will be issuing regular news bulletins to keep you up to date with the latest news from the Healthier Together programme. If you know of anyone who would like to be added to our mailing list, please emailhealthiertogether@manchester.nhs.uk. You can also join the Healthier Together community by visiting our website, www.healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk, following us on Twitter @healthiergm, or calling a member of the engagement team on 0161 920 9684.